Lecture by Dr. Ronald McArthur at Thomas Aquinas College, California.
"Anyone, therefore, who thinks [according] to the traditional concept of morality should think long and hard before he is willing to enshrine rights as the point from which he reasons about politics. He should reflect that such a starting point became prominent with those, especially Hobbes, who thought the politics of Aristotle an intellectual aberration, and that he would be the founder of political science. This fixation upon rights, in fact, wrenches the mind from reality into fiction. The reality is this: We can be said to have rights only by what is called extrinsic denomoination – that is, they are not in us, but said of us because others have duties toward us. They are the realities, called rights when looked upon from the point of view of those to whom the duties apply. It is like calling a house seen not because there is something within it, but because someone sees it, which is the reality by which we say it is seen."